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    Must be a Christmas jersey!

    Must be a Christmas jersey!
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    Oji Eagles (JPN, Asia League)

    Oji Eagles (JPN, Asia League)
  3. What rule is that? Most baseball games broadcast...

    What rule is that? Most baseball games broadcast over the air in Japan start in the middle of the game and end before the games do. But over on satellite or cable, the games are shown in full. The...
  4. underwater hockey, and there's also the one where...

    underwater hockey, and there's also the one where the puck floats against the ice underwater and players wear scuba, and more here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicycle_hockey#Other_forms_of_hockey...
  5. Roller hockey has a longer history than inline...

    Roller hockey has a longer history than inline hockey, so that's understandable.

    Soccer has several variations (though not the same number as hockey, it seems). Futsal, beach soccer, etc.

    From...
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    Thanks for the updates. I bought the tickets for...

    Thanks for the updates. I bought the tickets for the 4 games in Yokohama involving the Japanese teams next month. Without a team in the Greater Tokyo Area, these are the first games of the season in...
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    and then the Presidents' Trophy winners after...

    and then the Presidents' Trophy winners after that, as mentioned above. They usually don't win the Cup anyways :P
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    Very good interview with China Sharks GM Chris...

    Very good interview with China Sharks GM Chris Collins by Sharks Site.
    http://www.sharkspage.com/2009_10_01_archive.html#5985596723954816824
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    Ooh, was there a shoot at the mascot thing at the...

    Ooh, was there a shoot at the mascot thing at the game? :P

    Man, the scores coming out of Korea are just wild. Is it because of great offence or poor defence and goaltending? I guess we'll see once...
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    When Seibu folded, about half the players were...

    When Seibu folded, about half the players were Seibu employees, and the other half on pro contracts. The employee players spent 9-10 months of a year solely concentrating on hockey, and the other 2-3...
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    Yeah, something like that, even though they're...

    Yeah, something like that, even though they're allowed 7, in order to develop domestic players. Looks like they haven't signed them yet.. or they haven't received their visas.
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    Hope Charles Wang's program is gonna bear some...

    Hope Charles Wang's program is gonna bear some fruit in the future. It's building bunch of outdoor (I think) rinks in northern China.
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    Looking at the game sheet for the opening game...

    Looking at the game sheet for the opening game for the China Dragon, Mikhail Nemirovsky was the only import dressed for the Chinese squad in the 2-8 loss to Oji. It'll be a long long season for them...
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    Second half all sold out and standing room only,...

    Second half all sold out and standing room only, Halla is doing the best out of any AL team right now, by far. Any reason why the first half of the season hasn't sold out? Soccer, basketball?
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    For cities like Khabarovsk, Asian cities are much...

    For cities like Khabarovsk, Asian cities are much closer than their domestic counterparts in European Russia, so it makes sense to send their minor/junior/development teams into the AL (like Amur did...
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    Officiating for domestic matchups tend to be done...

    Officiating for domestic matchups tend to be done by domestic referees (except for the Finnish ref who's married to a Japanese and lives in Japan). too bad the korean ref seems to be a little over...
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    Hi, thanks for the blog tips! So many AL players...

    Hi, thanks for the blog tips! So many AL players have blogs now that it's difficult to keep track of them, but those two look like can't misses!
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    Game 1 went as planned with the Eagles and Cranes...

    Game 1 went as planned with the Eagles and Cranes triumphing over the Bucks and Blades (and a wild game in Korea). But in game 2 Sunday the Bucks beat Oji despite being vastly outshot, and the Blades...
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    Wrote up a little 2009-10 season preview with...

    Wrote up a little 2009-10 season preview with some offseason changes summed up.

    http://jhockey.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/asia-league-2009-10-preview/
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    There will be regular TV coverage in Korea this...

    There will be regular TV coverage in Korea this season, but that's the only one I know. I think the Hokkaido teams get some local TV coverage (minimal). China tried (not sure if they succeeded) in...
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    Bud Smith who was a wrecking force with High1 a...

    Bud Smith who was a wrecking force with High1 a couple of seasons ago (30GP 35P) is officially joining the Nikko Ice Bucks who have already been bolstered significantly by the 6 former elite Seibu...
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    Yes Balsillie's clearly self-serving. But the NHL...

    Yes Balsillie's clearly self-serving. But the NHL and NHLPA are also clearly missing out on the largest available hockey market in North America at the moment by allowing the Leafs monopoly of...
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    I don't agree. New York can support both the...

    I don't agree. New York can support both the Yankees and the Mets (and the Giants and the Jets) (were all baseball fans Yankee fans before the Mets existed? no. were all football fans Giants fans...
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    There was an interesting article recently where...

    There was an interesting article recently where the NHL basically painted themselves into a corner. It doesn't have to be Balsillie, but the Leafs monopoly of the southern Ontario market is pretty...
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    Joel Prpic was always one of the best players in...

    Joel Prpic was always one of the best players in the league year in and year out (with a quick temper on ice, though he's a real nice family guy off the ice). He should do alright in the EBEL but his...
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    Was the Chinese association footing the entire...

    Was the Chinese association footing the entire bill for the San Jose personnel, or was the SJ Sharks contributing financially in any way in their relationship last season? (moot point now, but)
    ...
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    Yes, it sounds like a Chinese restaurant, but...

    Yes, it sounds like a Chinese restaurant, but the Chinese entry in the Asia League has cut off its affliation with the NHL San Jose Sharks after one season, and now will be known as the China Dragon...
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    It's almost certain that the San Jose Sharks have...

    It's almost certain that the San Jose Sharks have pulled out of their venture in China with the China Sharks, the only Chinese entry in the Asia Legue. First, in a recent IIHF article, it was...
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    The new AL team Tohoku Free Blades faced off...

    The new AL team Tohoku Free Blades faced off against the bolstered Nikko Ice Bucks over the weekend for two preseason games. These two games were the Blades first official games (their games up to...
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    The new entry into the Asia League for the...

    The new entry into the Asia League for the upcoming 2009-10 season, the Tohoku Free Blades, have finally signed enough players to form a complete roster. The new players should significantly improve...
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    Ah, so Ishioka went to the Blades after all, the...

    Ah, so Ishioka went to the Blades after all, the Sharks thing was just a rumour I guess :P Good to see that Tohoku finally have a full squad.
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    Former Seibu Prince Rabbits Joel Prpic (35GP 43P...

    Former Seibu Prince Rabbits Joel Prpic (35GP 43P 174PIM, a regular Asia League tour de force that managed to score and draw a penalty simultaneously twice in one game I went to see) and Bin Ishioka...
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    Oh yeah, Fukufuji is now in the Dutch league for...

    Oh yeah, Fukufuji is now in the Dutch league for the upcoming season, he hopes this will open doors to move to higher European leagues, provided that he performs well....
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    Marginal ECHL player for the past few years,...

    Marginal ECHL player for the past few years, Kazuma Takahashi (he was only a role player in the Asia League as well), is currently training with Amur Khavarovsk's farm team. Not sure how he managed...
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    Good points tokyosabre, the Cranes are still a...

    Good points tokyosabre, the Cranes are still a very solid team.

    Anyways, here are the new additions for High1 who look to improve upon their disappointing 2008-09 season.

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    High1 has...
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    This website is banned in China!?

    This website is banned in China!?
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    The Nippon Paper Cranes will attempt to defend...

    The Nippon Paper Cranes will attempt to defend their Asia League title with only one import player, as the team has signed defenceman Pierre-Olivier Beaulieu as their lone import for the upcoming...
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    Asia League 2009-10

    The Asia League of Ice Hockey has lost one of their biggest teams in the Seibu Prince Rabbits (which was created with the merger of strong Seibu and Kokudo clubs), but the new entrant in the league...
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    Still no word on additional players on the meagre...

    Still no word on additional players on the meagre 14 man roster that’s supposed to be expanded to 23 players by 19 September when the 2009-10 Asia League season opens. (28 July, Hokkaido Shimbun...
  40. The rather odd thing about Kuji's participation...

    The rather odd thing about Kuji's participation in the camp is that, Kuji's immediate future is already decided as he's scheduled to join the Oji Eagles upon graduation from Waseda. But it was Waseda...
  41. Waseda is one of the stronger university teams in...

    Waseda is one of the stronger university teams in Japan, so it often reaches the quarterfinals of the All-Japan Championship where the AL teams come into play as seeded teams. Waseda lost 6-2 to the...
  42. http://mmsports-ih.up.seesaa.net/image/CA5DEA1BCA5...

    http://mmsports-ih.up.seesaa.net/image/CA5DEA1BCA5AFA4F2C9D5A4B1A4C6A5D7A5ECA1BCA4B9A4EBC1E1B0F0C5C4A4CEA5ADA5E3A5D7A5C6A5F3B5D7BBFCBDA4CABFC1AABCEA.JPG
  43. "Islanders GM Garth Snow invited Kuji after he...

    "Islanders GM Garth Snow invited Kuji after he was contacted by his university. Maybe it’s not coincidence that he landed in Long Island, as the club is owned by the Chinese-American businessman...
  44. Kuji interviewed by an Islanders blogger....

    Kuji interviewed by an Islanders blogger.
    http://okposo.blogspot.com/2009/07/introducing-shuhei-kuji.html

    "So it is with this history of success that Shuhei Kuji made his first trip to the United...
  45. I haven't seen Chuo University play, so I can't...

    I haven't seen Chuo University play, so I can't tell you, but to be selected on the senior team as a university player you have to be something special.

    Kuji's doing something right at the...
  46. 172cm and 67kg, so he's a small forward reliant...

    172cm and 67kg, so he's a small forward reliant on his skills and speed.
    http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/187/IHM1870JPN_33_1_0.pdf
  47. Islanders do have interests in Asia with their...

    Islanders do have interests in Asia with their development program in China.
  48. Shuhei Kuji 28GP 31G+9A=40P and 10PIM in the...

    Shuhei Kuji

    28GP 31G+9A=40P and 10PIM in the latest 2008-09 college hockey season in the Kanto League division 1 (highest level of college hockey in Japan)....
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    Japanese prospect Shuhei Kaji, the Waseda...

    Japanese prospect Shuhei Kaji, the Waseda University captain and senior national team member, is participating in the upcoming New York Islanders Prospects Camp, we'll see how he fares....
  50. Paul's brothers Steve and Martin's game seem...

    Paul's brothers Steve and Martin's game seem better suited for the European game where they've both been successful.
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